Houston Health Department Opens WIC Sites at GRB Shelter, Walmart Stores in Response to Harvey

The Houston Health Department today (Sept. 2) opened four Women, Infants and Children (WIC) sites dedicated to help people affected by Harvey’s unprecedented flooding.

The sites will begin registering pregnant women, women who recently had a child, infants and children under the age 5 for WIC benefits at the shelter set up at the George R. Brown Convention Center and Walmart stores at 111 Yale Street, 11210 W. Airport and 9460 W. Sam Houston Parkway. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WIC clients who evacuated and left behind their WIC card, food or formula benefits can replace the items by going to an open WIC clinic.

WIC provides nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, juice, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, cheese, formula for infants not breastfeeding and nutrition education.

Special procedures implemented by the Texas Women, Infants, and Children program now allow people to easily enroll and receive food and infant formula benefits, breastfeeding support and referrals for shelter and other resources. Disaster victims will be asked to sign a self-declaration form declaring their need for WIC benefits due to Hurricane Harvey.

Anyone with custody or guardianship of infants and children under 5 years of age can apply for their child.

People interested in signing up for WIC or are a current client in need of benefits can call 832.393.5427.